Woj: Kyrie Irving to Meet with Nets; Expected to 'Move Quickly' to Max Contract

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2019

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. The Celtics won 116-95. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Free agent Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets will meet in New York on Sunday, with both sides "motivated to move quickly" to reach an agreement on a four-year, $141 million max deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Wojnarowski noted Brooklyn will renounce its rights to restricted free agent D'Angelo Russell if it signs Irving.

Irving became an unrestricted free agent by declining his $21.3 million player option for 2019-20.

Wojnarowski previously reported the Nets were in "tremendous position" with the New Jersey product, adding that a deal could be consummated "quickly" in free agency.

Though Irving announced to the world in October he planned to re-sign with the Boston Celtics this summer, it has seemingly become a foregone conclusion that he will move on following a tumultuous season in green and white.

The New York Knicks long seemed like the front-runners in the Irving sweepstakes, but Brooklyn has become the heavy favorite in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Wojnarowski noted the Nets have their sights set on more than just Irving—they want to add a second star, as they have nearly $70 million in cap space.

Per Wojnarowski, Kevin Durant is atop Brooklyn's wishlist to pair with Irving. Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium added the Nets' goals "center" around creating a Big Three of Irving, Durant and DeAndre Jordan.

Earlier this month, Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher revealed on The Herd with Colin Cowherd that Irving and Durant had met to discuss their free-agent plans, with the possibility of teaming up together. Wojnarowski reported the Nets were one of the four teams Durant was expected to meet with.

No deals can be official until the free-agent moratorium period ends July 6. However, teams can meet with players when free agency opens at 6 p.m. ET Sunday.